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Best in the East 2018: Lifts

The results of our reader-ranked survey of the top 10 resorts for chairlifts in Eastern North America.

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No. 1: Okemo, Vermont

“Their obvious strength is their lift system. The heated seats kept us from freezing and the bubble blocking the wind was a godsend.”

Photo courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.

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No. 2: Mount Snow, Vermont

“The lift operations/maintenance departments are amazing. They have a good management team and they always get lifts open when they can.”

Photo courtesy of Kelsey King.

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No. 3: Holiday Valley, New York

“For a fairly small resort, it is very well serviced with LOTS of lifts. The lines are very well policed to make sure everyone gets their fair turn, meaning minimal wait times even for long lines.” 

Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley Ski Area.

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No. 4: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

“Great snow and great lifts. Plenty of great lift ticket deals.”

Photo courtesy of Bretton Woods.

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No. 5: Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts

“Lifts are all high speed and fast.”

Photo courtesy of Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

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No. 6: Sugarbush, Vermont

“New lifts have helped a lot. Seldom feels crowded, at the lifts or on the slopes.”

Photo courtesy of Sugarbush Resort.

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No. 7: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

“Lifts are well run and quick to the top—once you have a strategy to move between peaks, you can cover the whole mountain easily and quickly. Each lift has a vibe—its own music choices and friendly people!”

Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain.

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No. 8: Wildcat, New Hampshire

“Easy to get lots of vertical as the lift zooms you to the top each time- no need to ride separate lifts.”

Photo courtesy of Wildcat Mountain Ski Area.

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No. 9: Tremblant, Quebec

“Fast lifts, good mix of trails, something for everyone.”

Photo courtesy of Tremblant Ski Resort.

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No. 10: Stratton, Vermont

“Great lifts, nice terrain, uncrowded trails.”

Photo courtesy of Hubert Schriebl.

Looking for more reader-rankings in the east? Check out the top 10 ski areas of service and the top 10 spots for terrain variety. Plus, don’t miss the 10 top places for snow quality, the 10 favorite spots for groomed terrain, and the overall Top 10 in the East.